Educational Activities

The Council on Intelligence Issues presents, sponsors, and participates in panels, seminars, and other events to increase the public’s awareness of intelligence and other national security issues and the challenges and risks facing CIA and other intelligence employees:

  • Co-sponsored panel of experts in Washington and New York in conjunction with the American Bar Association on “The Law of Counterterrorism” to address the legal framework and liability of CIA and other intelligence employees and those supporting them.
  • Lectured at the International Spy Museum on Russian propaganda and other covert “active measures”.
  • Delivered numerous presentations at major universities concerning intelligence community authorities, issues, and challenges; authority and responsibility for protecting classified information and proposals to address leaks; intelligence challenges in the Mid-East and risks facing intelligence officers; post-election implications for national security and intelligence challenges.
  • Participated in panel discussion at major university about U.S. covert action authorities, liability, immunity of employees.
  • Developed and co-sponsored panel discussions on topics including information operations, intelligence briefings for presidential candidates, whistleblowing, and presentations commemorating the 75th anniversary of the creation of the CIA.

In addition to its presentation of events, CII prepares or provides access to articles, books, and other publications of note to enhance the public’s understanding of intelligence and related national security interests.  

The CII has addressed topics such as: 

  • Liability of employees and availability of legal representation on matters relating to employment supporting clandestine intelligence operations. 
  • Issues raised by proposed legislation and other congressional and judicial actions affecting government employees and intelligence employees in particular.
  • Basic information about whistleblower complaints and protections.
  • Review and critique of congressional reports and CIA responses regarding the conduct of controversial counterterrorism programs.
  • Analysis of the issues Congress should consider in voting to confirm the director of the CIA.

These and other CII events and informational materials are drawn from a select network of experts willing to speak or write responsibly about intelligence and other national security issues. 

CII supports requests for access to such experts who may be available as speakers or authors to further the public’s awareness and understanding of intelligence and national security and the operational, legal, and policy challenges facing intelligence officers and agencies.   Interested parties may contact CII for assistance in identifying experts around the country to engage in responsible, informed dialogue on intelligence-related issues and topics.

For more information about access to the CII expert networks, please contact or